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Hoop earring with lion's head

Early Hellenistic Period
325–275 B.C.

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens


Overall: 2.1 cm (13/16 in.) Overall: 4.22 gm (0.01 lb.)

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On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Earrings, flares, plugs, studs

A hoop of twisted wire terminates with a lion’s head at one end and its tail at the opposite end. A decorative collar masks the join of the head and the hoop. The collar consists of filigree borders (beaded, plain and braided filigree wire set in rows) at the top and bottom and a row of S-spirals. Below the collar is a row of tongues.


By 1902: on the art market in Athens (according to the donor: said to have been found with gold coins in the spring of 1902 in Athens in a place in the wall when a house was being pulled down); 1902: purchased in Athens by Miss Rose Lamb; April 19, 1917: gift of Miss Rose Lamb to MFA

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Gift of Miss Rose Lamb